I looked over each and every word problem from yesterday and I saw such smart thinking! There were a few where I even had to read it a couple of times so that I knew exactly what I was supposed to do. Who can tell me what great problem solvers do when they see a problem?
We pause and discuss reading, re-reading, pulling out important information, re-stating the question and creating steps for ourselves. I cover all of these skills because not each skill works for each student but I want to ensure they have plenty to choose from to be successful.
I have one of your problems here on the board, please take a minute to solve it on your white board and then hold it up to me.
I do this quick check for understanding to see who is able to find a path for problem solving quickly. For students who struggle I will pull them in a small group today and work with them on identifying gaps in problem solving or using the 4 operations.
I have all of the students word problems from the previous day cut up into individual problems in plastic bags. Each table will have a separate plastic bag for students to work from. I will rotate students from table to table every 20 minutes so they see a variety of questions. We will work on this all week so that students rotate to all 6 tables.
I post one problem on the white board for students to solve on a note card at the end of the math block today. Students will need to show all of the steps they used to solve it and I will use this information to see which students still need intervention in a small group.